High Prescription Cost Reduced in Half

By mhdrsr Latest Reply 2010-01-10 15:26:15 -0600
Started 2009-12-28 16:16:33 -0600

I do not have health insurance and the cost of my prescriptions were really taking a toll. I ran into a person that came up to me at my doctors office that offered me a free discount prescription card. I do not get it because it is free and I used it at Walmart and save over 50 percent on the very first prescription. Now I use it all the time and it has been a life saver,,,,, I hope that I can help someone else here because this is hard to believe that this card is absolutely free. There are programs such as these that can help you save money. You just have to do some research.

7 replies

PANTOUS 2010-01-10 15:13:49 -0600 Report

I hate the cost of medical insurance in the US. Up until Aug. 09 I paid $200 a week on medical insurance, then had to pay for my pump supplies, insulin and strips. Oh and don't forget the doctor's visits. I say if I pay that much in insurance there should be no co-payments at all!!! Now I have a cheaper insurance $ 160.00 a week. They pay for my pump supplies 100%. Where I live it's the law to have health insurance or get fined at tax time. But it's tough to afford. I always get a three month supply of medicine in case something happens to my job. (mail order 3 months for the price of 2). Good luck to everyone it's tough to pay for everything that you need.

AddassaMari 2010-01-10 15:26:15 -0600 Report

You probably live in MA. It is ridiculous how much necessary medication cost. There is got to be a solution, it is not like we can boycott the pharmaceutical or insurance industries, and they know it. They have got us over the proverbial barrel. But, wow, $160 a week is cheaper insurance, plus co-pay?

AddassaMari 2010-01-02 08:23:41 -0600 Report

Many people have been taken a particular name brand of medication for years and do not realize that they can ask their doctor for a generic equivalent. This could easily cut medication bills by 1/3 or more. But this is a personal decision that should be governored by health constraints.

A word on generic drugs: "a drug sold or prescribed under the nonproprietary name of its active ingredients or under a generally descriptive name rather than under a brand or trade name. The name of the active ingredient is established by a government or international body, and is typically the U.S. Adopted Name, British Approved Name, or International Nonproprietary Name. Generic drugs must contain the same active ingredients that their brand name counterparts do and are tested to assure that they are therapeutically equivalent, but they may contain different inactive ingredients from those found in the brand name medications.

There are generic versions of both over-the-counter and prescription medications, but not all drugs have generic equivalents. Generic drugs can only be produced when a patent on a brand name drug expires or when a patent has never existed. They are generally cheaper than the equivalent brand name drug because of much lower marketing and development costs. Because a generic competitor can hurt a brand name manufacturer's profits, drug companies have used legal action and regulatory delays to slow the introduction of generics, or have paid generic manufacturers to postpone the production and marketing of generics. The Medicare overhaul legislation passed in 2003 contained sections designed to speed the introduction of generic drugs by making it easier to challenge weak or invalid drug patents." http://www.answers.com/topic/generic-drug

Hinboyz3 2009-12-28 19:09:02 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for the information I will have to check it out, Im with you on the high cost of medications.

mhdrsr 2009-12-28 19:42:23 -0600 Report

You are so right, I am not sure what to think about the new health care plan presented by the president but I sure hope it pans out. Knowing that Canada has free health care and as large of a country that we are then we should have had some help before now. Reading some of these post, people are paying thousands of dollars just for prescriptions, It is very sad…hope that the card helps ! Keep in touch and let me know how much saved.

AddassaMari 2009-12-28 16:34:21 -0600 Report

I know several people who use the card and have saved on the majority of their medications. One friend got the card and save over $250 per month. Now she does not have to decide which medication to skip.

mhdrsr 2009-12-28 16:40:43 -0600 Report

I know I could not believe the savings. I am not sure how it is done but it is wonderful. We save about 200 a month by using the card.

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